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Daily Verse

Week 3, April  2024

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That Day
by Geeta Varma  15th April  2024


That day

As we leave

I see a spectacle -

How do I describe to you

My child, colours!

Orange mountains in layers,

Red and yellow trees

Standing tall,

With swaying branches

Loaded with flowers,

Crystal green river

Winding down,

And, as the sun set,

The colours change

From burning brightness

To dark maroon, violet, pink...

All against the vast skies

That float clouds

In all hues, sizes, shapes…

That is when I realize

“This is real, not a dream

There is a great artist at work”

But you, my child

Cannot see!

I pause,

What is ‘Colour’ you ask

Soon the darkness descends

Sprinkling silent stars

That turns the valley

Into darkest nights.

Image by Akira Hojo


by Rupa Anand 16th April 2024

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a butterfly weaves

in & out of kanjivarams

afternoon soirée 

Image by Wilhelm Gunkel

the white glow of a summer moon


Image by Eduardo Soares

and then . . . 

crimsoning the wall 


Image by Griffin Wooldridge

pink geraniums 

colour the room 

         half-open blinds

Image by AJ


By Snigdha Agrawal 17th April  2024

Chocolate Praline

In the winter of life

I take sanctuary and solace

in your colours 

O' spring

once more

feel so alive

as you embrace 

the core of my being


Paint for me O' spring

rainbows of heavenly hues

sing for me the Koel's song

before the day is gone

and I'm laid to rest

in your warm breast

six feet deep


Promise me O' spring

on my grave site

you will roll out a 'chador'

bright as the pink 

Cherry blossoms


to pull over my head

warm and at peace

with a new duvet every spring.

Image by Pawel Czerwinski

Baby Blues

By Baisali Chatterjee Dutt 19th March 2024

Watercolor Shape

You are more than the blues you exhale.

You are the cerulean that hides in the sky
and the seas borrow
to drape
               and seduce the sand.
You are the turquoise embedded
in brown rock,
giving it colour,
               and a sense of self-worth.

You are more than the blues
that you have been swallowing
silently over the years.

You are every colour of the rainbow
and all their manifold shades
in names as alluring as porcelain,
                                         and seafoam.

You are the white feather
of a meditating dove,
the scented lavender
of perfumed winds,
the bloodred heart
that beats loudly for those who loved you,
                                               who left you,
                                               who laughed at you,
                                               but you still bleed for.

You are more than the blues.

You are the new blades of grass,
             the rain-washed world,
             the curls of smoke from hot rice,
             the amber light of chilled apple juice.

In pouring out your tints and shades
to paint the world,
keep some inside for you.

For you are more than the blues.

Image by Cassie Boca


By Robert Witmer 18th March 2024


a few raindrops

snuggle into moss

the blue between clouds


holding tightly

to a rusty swing




snowflakes sizzle

in the blackened skillet

Biographies of Poets

Geeta Varma is a poet based in Chennai. She has worked as a teacher and freelance journalist for some time. She has to her credit two books of poems and is a regular contributor to a few online magazines. She lives in Neelankarai with her husband Shreekumar Varma and has two sons, Vinayak married to Yamini, and Karthik.

Baisali Chatterjee Dutt, is a former columnist and agony aunt for Mother & Baby magazine and contributor to Parent & Baby magazine. She has compiled and edited two volumes for the Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul series, and contributed to ten of their other titles. Her book, “Sharbari Datta: The Design Diva”, is a biography on one of Calcutta's leading luminaries in the fashion world. Her latest book, ‘Three is a Lonely Number’, is a novella in verse. Her poetry has been published in various anthologies and magazines, print as well as online. Currently she is the Creative Consultant and Drama teacher at Sri Sri Academy, Kolkata, as well as Drama and Creative Writing facilitator at The Creative Arts Academy. 

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